Board Converting News, March 30, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years March 30, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 13

Arrow Carton: Heading In The Right Direction BY LEN PRAZYCH

WHAT’S INSIDE 6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x Working From Home: Plans For Today’s Uncertainty 12 Baysek Machines Celebrates 25 Years Of Innovation 8 AICC Chairman Jay Carman: ‘A Mindset Of Growth’ 52 Communicating In Crisis: Initiate, Interact, innovate AICC Members On Impact Of COVID-19: Uncertainty AICC, The Independent Packaging Associa- tion, last week released the results of a sur- vey of its general and supplier members on the effects of COVID-19 on their business op- erations. In a survey conducted in the week of March 16, 89 of the 209 AICC general member com- panies – or 43 percent -- responded to ques- tions about the kinds of impacts they are seeing in their businesses as the coronavirus pandemic spreads throughout North America. The survey was sent concurrent with a similar poll to AICC’s supplier members. Of the respondents, 62 percent are sheet plants; 33 percent are corrugator plants and five percent are sheet suppliers. The initial effects of the coronavirus pandemic and its related societal and business restrictions re- lates to contacting customers directly. Fully 80 percent of those responding said they faced an inability to call on their custom- ers directly due to vendor and visitor restric- tions. This was followed by an increase in employee absences, then difficulties in the upstream supply chain. Not all the news, ho- ever, was negative, even if the underpinning CONTINUED ON PAGE 67

Wisconsin is a midwestern U.S. state with the geographic anomaly of having coastlines on two Great Lakes (Michigan and Superior) and a vast interior of forests and farms. It is referred to as “America’s Dairy- land” because the state is the leading producer of dairy products in the country and has a long history of cheese production. Those more famil- iar with the landscape will also know that Wisconsin is home to several major paper and corrugated industry machine manufacturers, as well

as an abundance of integrated and independent converters, each vy- ing for an ever-larger wedge of the state’s insatiable demand for boxes. It is in a competitive corner of greater Milwaukee in which Richfield, Wisconsin based Arrow Carton Co., a family-owned independent, now in its third generation, has carved a niche that only continues to grow. The company was founded in the early 1970s by the late James Mayer, who was working for an aforementioned integrated. He realized there was a big demand for small runs, exactly the kind of work large integrateds didn’t want to do. So Mayer purchased Arrow Carton Co., a small operation, which had been making boxes and related products since 1949, with the goal of running stock boxes in very small quanti- ties. He began building business at his new sheet plant with five or six employees and a few pieces of old converting equipment. The management/ownership team at Arrow Carton, from left, Brian Wilke, Plant Manager, and owners Shad Young, Cam Young and Katie Gohlke.


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